DR. ROMULO F. MAGSINO
Associate in Arts ’59, BA Magna Cum Laude ’60, BSE Magna Cum Laude ‘62
Educational Administration and Ethnocultural Advocacy
Dean Emeritus at the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Romulo Magsino is the first and only Filipino-Canadian to become the Dean of Education at a major university in Canada. He has a lifelong commitment to excellence in higher education, and has demonstrated leadership within the Filipino community which has raised awareness of the important role of immigrants in the cultural diversity of Manitoba.
He is an expert in the areas of multiculturalism, immigration and intercultural education. He is a prolific scholar and a recognized authority in education, having authored and edited nine books and monographs; published more than 70 articles in various books and journals; authored approximately 80 papers which were presented at international, national, regional, provincial and district conferences; and authored over 50 papers which were presented at seminars, workshops and lectures.
His scholarship evolved over time, but he had a consistent preoccupation with diversity, democracy, multiculturalism, and later on, globalization and cosmopolitanism. In 2006, Dr. Magsino received the Pamana ng Pilipino Award from Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. This award is a Presidential Award conferred on overseas Filipinos who have brought the country honor and recognition.
In 2008, Dr. Magsino was inducted into the Order of Manitoba, as an educator and leader in the Filipino-Canadian Community. He was awarded the Golden Jubilee Award (2002) and Diamond Jubilee Award (2012) by the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba. He served as president of the associations for Multicultural Education in Newfoundland and Manitoba, vice-president of the United Council of Filipino Associations in Canada and chair of the Manitoba Ethno-Cultural Advisory Council.
He was instrumental to the development of the $2.3 million Philippine-Canadian Centre of Manitoba and served as its first president. Some of his service included member of the Board of Directors of the Winnipeg Foundation and the Seven Oaks General Hospital Foundation, as well as Deputy Commander in Canada for the Order of the Knights of Rizal. Dr. Magsino is referred to by his colleagues as “a fine scholar, a community leader, and a caring institutional leader who exemplified the ideal collegial system and the role of the public intellectual.”
LETICIA R. ARANILLA+
As Executive of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGS), the largest voluntary organization for girls and young women in the world reaching nearly 10 million members in 136 countries, the late Leticia R. Aranilla served 27 Girl Guide/Girl Scout National Organizations in the Asia Pacific Region composed of 27 countries – Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Koreas, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu and Western Samoa – while monitoring initiatives in countries like Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam where the movement did not exist yet.
In her capacity, Letty played a significant role in increased membership, fostering cultural understanding and genuine Friendship among members, collaborating with the Asia Pacific Committee shaping the vision for the region, establishing a positive image and credibility for the organization and in achieving notable results in delivering high quality service in promoting the advancement of girls and young women in these parts of the world. London-based when she is not travelling in the Asia Pacific countries, she served as liaison between the Filipino community and the St. Patrick Parish Church and organized them into a cohesive group for the promotion and enhancement of Filipino values and cultural heritage through cultural presentations and participation in the parish church activities.
She also organized workshops and activities for young Filipinos to bridge the cultural gap between the Philippine-raised parents and their London-born children. Because of her active community participation, she was appointed member of the Board of Governors of St. Patrick Primary School where she assumed major responsibilities in monitoring the teaching curriculum and represented the ethnic minority groups on the Board thus promoting better understanding of their cultural differences and values.
In 1998, she received the Banaag Award, a presidential citation for outstanding work as a Filipina working overseas and in 1999 the GawadSentenaryo (SangayngKababaihan) of the National Cultural Commission KababaihangMakasaysayan in the City of Manila. She was also cited as NatatangingAnakngLucenaand was a recipient of the Quezon MedalyangKarangalan.
AB Psychology ‘74
Where there is conflict is where Betty Baronia-Duhaylongsod is in her elements. As a counselor with the United Nations Mission, she has always been assigned in the middle of conflicted areas. She was with the United Nations Mission in East Timor in April 2000 to June 2005 as a counselor. She was in the country when civil strife broke out and left only when the country resumed normalcy after the bloody conflict.
In July 2005, the United Nations Staff Counseling Unit sent her to the UN Mission in Liberia where she is currently based as psychologist and staff counselor providing consultation and psychological counseling services, performing individual assessments in cases of individual staff experiencing coping difficulties and having mental health-related symptoms, conducting critical stress defusing and psychological debriefings, monitoring environmental factors that could lead to stress, assessing and monitoring the sources and levels of stress among staff, rendering psychological interventions to improve the psychological functions and implementing the Peer Support Network Program for the staff members.
At the height of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Betty Duhaylongsod graciously offered her services to conduct on-site workshop on stress management for World Bank personnel who requested counseling support from the UN Mission. The Chief of the UN World Food Programme in Rome, a colleague of Betty’s, speaks highly of her, and has written a glowing testimonial, thus: “During the five years that Betty and I worked together, I came to know her very well… She made a positive difference in literally hundreds of people’s lives through her work as a counselor and as an organizer of community events in Liberia.
Betty is hardworking, very creative, calm and patient, far beyond reproach, and open and considerate of people from all walks of life. She has very high standards of integrity and ethics. I would trust her with my life. She was an asset to the work of our counseling unit, a fine example of a culturally sensitive an ethical UN staff members, and a wonderful productive member of the wider UN and local communities in Liberia.”
MARIA PUREZA HERNANDEZ-ESCAÑO
In an interview by L’Europeo Magazine in Rome, Italy where she exhibited her paintings in 2010, Maria Pureza-Hernandez Escaño said, “For me a global Filipina artist is not only someone who has travelled and exhibited around the world. I believe that the global Filipina artist, most importantly, is someone whose art touches people of all races, all religions, and all walks of life. Being a true Filipina runs deeper than the color of the skin, or being born in the Philippines.
The soul of the true Filipina adheres to the values that make Filipinos unique. And what is the most important of these values? Faith in God, faith in the importance of family, and faith in oneself. I believe that there are the values that make the Filipino soul resilient. The Filipino soul never despairs.”
This sense of Filipina-ness runs deep in Escaño’s works that a New York art impressario was moved to comment that her “art is a bold deviation from what is commonly perceived as Filipino art” due to its “…unique sensitivity and delicate nature with an angelic perspective that … (is) very appealing… making (the viewer) think of faraway worlds and beautiful dreams.” Escaño was cited as global Filipina multidisciplinary artist by SM Supermalls for her outstanding contributions in bringing Filipino art to the world during the Pinay pride celebration in 2012. Early on, she was commissioned by the Delta Sigma Honor Society of the University of the Philippines at Los Baños to create its 8-foot sculptural centennial landmark aptly called “Marya, Service through Excellence.” Handpicked by the Trevisan International Art based in Italy to represent the Philippines in the Creative Energy International Exhibition in 2010, she exhibited her works at the famous Castelo de Estense in Ferrara, Italy where she earned full representation and exhibition opportunities in key European cities.
She was also chosen by New York’s prestigious Gallerie Icosahedron to participate in an international art exhibition in the Ico Gallery in Tribeca, New York in 2009. Early this year, she won a contract as commissioned artist of a conglomerate of art galleries in the Philippines to produce giant murals for private and public expositions. Truly, as Raoul de Sauveterre wrote in the Parisian journal Art Today, Escaño’s art is “a breath of fresh air… which draws powerful effective responses from the spectator, opening up to him the many vistas and landscapes of the human emotion.”
JASMINE F. VIRAY
BSE ’98, MA ‘96
As early as 1990 that carried her through to 2000, Jasmine F. Viray has been involved in special education in the Philippines. In August 2001, she was hired as special education teacher at the West Contra Costa Unified School District Adams Middle School in Richmond, California after which she moved to the New York City Department of Education in Brooklyn, New York.
To hone her teaching and supervisory skills of her special students, Viray earned a Master of Science in Education with specialization in Special Education at the Touro College in New York in 2007. As a special education teacher, she developed innovative programs to enhance the training of special students such as the Individualized Education Program (IEP) to meet the learning needs of individual students, project-based learning science projects, and invented and presented teaching tools that involve technology for the teaching of math and science. She also developed the science curriculum and units of study for the standardized assessment of middle school students Grades 6 to 8. As a SPED teacher, Virayfinds joy and fulfillment in seeing her wards win in the Annual Math, Science and Technology Fairs in the state of New York.
After five consecutive victories, she was invited to serve as a member of the board of judges in the annual P141K Math, Science and Technology Fair in Brooklyn, New York. She also served as facilitator for the SANDI Assessment of the New York Department of Education, the annual state science written and performance tests for standardized Grade 8 students and contributed lessons and projects for science, math and technology teaching in the New York City Department of Education.
Her science projects utilizing documents and short films have been featured in teh Science Expo at American Museum of Natural History and in the annual Science, Math and Health Showcase in New York City. Viray has also been designated lead teacher tasked with working with other teachers in Math, Science and Technology Fair protocols and procedures fot the P141K in Brooklyn, New York for four years. Indeed, she has come a long way in sharing her talents and skills with special children.